Chincoteague Is For History Lovers

Chincoteague Is For History Lovers

Breakfast at your hotel, B&B, rental house or campground or in one of the many restaurants serving hot, full meals to get you started.

Learn about “The Chincoteague Story” with a self-guided historic walking/biking tour of the island. Explore the island’s many neighborhoods and visit the historic buildings in Historic Downtown and beyond. Tour maps available at Chamber office as well located at 6733 Maddox Boulevard. If you would rather listen to a local guide regale stories of bygone years, enjoy a guided history tour of Chincoteague Island (seasonal) and learn about local characters — maybe even a few ghosts!!  

Visit the Assateague Lighthouse, built in 1867, and enjoy a walk on the beach to see the old Coast Guard Life Saving Station at the southern end of Assateague Island.

Picnic at one of our beautiful waterfront parks with a boxed lunch from one of our many fabulous eateries or enjoy indoor dining at one of our wonderful restaurants

Visit the Captain Timothy Hill House, Chincoteague Island’s oldest house: circa 1800. Now a historic house museum, guests are always welcome to visit.  Tours available during summer hours.

Step back in time and visit Museum of Chincoteague Island. Learn about the island’s rich history and traditions through various exhibits showcasing decoy carving, our famous pony Misty of Chincoteague and the Beebe Ranch where she grew up, the oyster industry, farming, our volunteer Fire Company and more.

Take a boat cruise around Chincoteague Island while learning more about Chincoteague and Assateague Island history from knowledgeable boat captains. Chincoteaguers have made their living off the waters of Chincoteague and Assateague Channels and the Atlantic Ocean for generations. The seafood industry (oystering and clamming) was the prime source of income for many islanders prior to the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. You will pass by several active Aqua Farms as you enjoy your peaceful time on the water. You can even take a tour of one (seasonal). 

Dine at one of our fine restaurants feasting on fresh from the waters, clams, world-famous Chincoteague Oysters, and the “catch of the day” which could be red drum, flounder, rockfish, or tuna. 

Learn about the history of Misty of Chincoteague by visiting Miss Molly’s Inn Bed & Breakfast where Marguerite Henry wrote world famous children’s book in 1947 and art deco Island Theatre, circa 1945, to view Misty’s hoofprints which were cast in concrete at the movie premiere of Misty in 1961. Follow in Misty’s footsteps with this “All things Misty” Trail Map.

Meet a local carver to learn about decoy carving’s rich history and traditions.

Shop for treasures while strolling down Historic Main Street, with many buildings originating in the 1920’s. Antique stores are another pleasant source of historical finds on the island. There are many books available about the origins of our wild ponies.  Check out our local gift shops and bookstores to dig deeper into the mysteries of our small island. 

Complete your day with an ice cream sundae at one of our amazing ice cream parlors.

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